On April 29, 2011 Songmasters and PJ Clarke’s hosted the True Love Ways event in NYC, which celebrated the genesis and impact of this great song and the love that inspired it. Five hours after they met, Buddy Holly proposed to Maria Elena Santiago at PJ Clarke’s on June 20, 1958 at Table 53 and soon thereafter wrote True Love Ways for her as a wedding gift. At this event, Maria Elena Holly unveiled the never before seen True Love Ways photo of their wedding kiss, now displayed at PJ Clarke’s above the very table where they became engaged. The Buddy Holly Guitar Foundation also presented Peter Asher with the coveted True Love Ways guitar, in recognition that he and his incomparable music partner, Gordon (Waller), made True Love Ways a worldwide sensation and to honor Peter’s longstanding association with Holly’s music as both a producer and performer. This guitar is an identical replica of Holly’s renowned Gibson J-45 guitar and includes one fret from Holly’s original guitar.
At the event, Peter used his True Love Ways guitar to recreate Peter and Gordon’s timeless hit recording of True Love Ways (with a virtual Gordon co-performing). Peter also spoke at the event about his newest Holly project, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, an album that he is executive producing for Songmasters. This album launches the Listen to Me series, a celebration of the True. Great. Original. artists of contemporary music, featuring today’s greatest performers honoring their musical roots to raise substantial support for the next generation of music makers and entrepreneurs. Featuring Stevie Nicks, Pat Monahan of Train, Brian Wilson, Imelda May, Jackson Browne, Cobra Starship, The Fray, Ringo Starr, Chris Isaak, Linda Ronstadt, Jeff Lynne, Lyle Lovett, Natalie Merchant, Patrick Stump, Zooey Deschanel, and Eric Idle the album is available on Sept 6, 2011.